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INDIANAPOLIS -- When the announcement that Janoris Jenkins would speak to the press came over the loudspeaker at the NFL combine, media members members moved faster than they do for the sandwich cart. And Jenkins, a character-issue-ridden cornerback who was booted from Florida and finished his college career at North Alabama, didn't disappoint.
The defensive back, considered one of the top talents in the draft, was asked about his marijuana use, his children (he has four of them), his time at Florida, and the slew of red flags that accompany his draft status. To his credit, he was -- almost to a fault -- honest, he answered every question sincerely, and he didn't pull an Antonio Cromartie and forget his kids names.
"Janoris Jenkins Jr., Legend, Janorion and Paris," Jenkins said when someone asked him what his childrens' names were.
Jenkins was dismissed from Florida after being arrested for marijuana possession and signed on with North Alabama. The experience hurt his draft stock, but he repeatedly said it's been a tremendous learning experience and that he's "done" with marijuana.
"I'm done with it forever," Jenkins said. "I can't do it, man."
Jenkins also said the last time he used marijuana was when he was arrested and kicked off the team at Florida. And Jenkins said that he's been arrested three times, twice for marijuana and once for a bar fight. Jenkins said that he failed only one drug test at Florida.
It's going to be fascinating to see what happens with Jenkins leading up to the draft in April. He's an incredible talent, who hung with the best receivers in the SEC before transferring to North Alabama, where he says he wasn't challenged enough.
But he has big-time character issues. That he's willing to stand up on a podium and speak openly and honestly about those issues is impressive and could go a long way with teams interested in improving their secondary.
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